Libby Catania, a special education teacher and case manager at East End Community School and founder of Our Place, a nonprofit that supports the healthy development of youth and families in Portland, has been selected as a 2023 Outstanding Woman. Libby is one of 20 Outstanding Women being honored this year by Maine’s Coast 93.1 in conjunction with Hannaford Supermarkets.
Libby founded Our Place, an organization that offers free summer camps, after school mentorship groups, and family advocacy services to families living in the Kennedy Park / East Bayside area. She saw the need for young men and women to have a safe place to spend their time and express themselves. In addition, Our Place provides meals to kids—something that they’ve expressed much gratitude for. When kids are given the space to share their ‘high’ and ‘low’ of the week, Libby often hears that going to Our Place is the high point of their week. As the executive director for Our Place, Libby focuses on empowerment, creating safe spaces for youth within their communities, and providing basic needs and support. Looking toward the future, Libby hopes to have Our Place in a location of its own, remaining open and available to support the health and safety of families in these neighborhoods.
To hear Libby’s radio interview with Blake & Kelly on Coast 93.1, click HERE.
To learn more about all 20 of the 2023 Outstanding Women, click HERE.
Congratulations to Libby! The Portland Public Schools is very grateful to this educator for her dedication and service to the EECS community!